February 24th, 2007 - by Golgotha

The Google Blog explains the robots exclusion protocol:

“Usually when the Googlebot finds a page, it reads all the links on that page and then fetches those pages and indexes them.”

But, what if you don’t want Google to index a page, or follow the links on a page, or archive a page?

Here is a list of META tags you can use:

  • NOINDEX tells Google not to index the page
  • NOFOLLOW tells Google not to follow the links on the page
  • NOARCHIVE tells Google not to store a cached copy of the page
  • NOSNIPPET tells Google not to show a snippet (description) under your Google listing, it will automatically get NOARCHIVE too

One Response to “Google Blog on NOINDEX, NOFOLLOW, NOARCHIVE & NOSNIPPET META Tags”

1 Michal Levy

Thanks for these very useful tags!

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